A Vile Beverage?Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.
This is another in my series of rhyming word ladders. This one is a little more challenging than the others -- most people will probably have to work forwards and backwards to get all ten words. (At least, that was the goal when making the puzzle.)
Find all ten words referenced in this bit of verse.
The first one is a giant ship,
though it never saw a port.
Prepend one letter onto that
to make a covering, of a sort.
Replace the final letter:
a place that beasts might bed.
Swap middle two, insert an I
to find what's in your head!
Change B to G and then you'll make
something from a farm.
Move first to last, insert a K:
a workout for your arm.
Add C and C, and then you'll see
what walnuts fear from you.
Drop A-C-K and add an E:
what a fearful one might do.
Dump outer two, move last to first,
and have a little smile.
Delete the R and then you'll make
a beverage some find vile.
HintThe "workout for your arm" is not really something you'd do for a workout. It is an autumn chore that uses a lot of arm effort.
AnswerARK: The giant ship
BARK: Covering (of a tree)
BARN: A place that beasts might bed
BRAIN: What's in your head
GRAIN: Something from a farm
RAKING: A workout for your arm
CRACKING: Walnuts fear this
CRINGE: What a fearful person does
GRIN: A little smile
GIN: A beverage -- which isn't vile at all!
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